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PM opens Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial

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Rameswaram, July 27, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam national memoriam in Rameswaram on Thursday.  The Prime Minister  hoisted the National flag at the memorial, designed and built by DRDO in memory of ‘Missile Man’ Kalam – former President of India who passed away on same day two years ago. 

The Prime Minister unveiled a statue of Dr. Abdul Kalam and offered floral tributes. Modi also interacted with the family members of late Dr. Kalam. 

Besides Prime Minister flagged off ‘Kalam Sandesh Vahini’, an exhibition bus which would travel across various States of the country and reach Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 15 which marks the birth anniversary of the former President.

Background of the Kalam Memorial

The memorial has been constructed by DRDO in record one year time. Architecturally, it has taken inspiration from several national landmarks.  The front entrance looks similar to India Gate, while the two domes are on the lines of Rahstrapati Bhavan. 

The Memorial has four main halls each depicting the life and times of Dr Kalam.  Hall-1 focuses on his childhood and educational phase, Hall-2 the Presidential days, including address to Parliament and UN Council, Hall-3 his ISRO and DRDO days and  Hall-4 his post-Presidential days, till he breathed his last at Shillong. 

There is a separate section to exhibit some of the personnel belongings of Dr Kalam, including his famous Rudra Veena, G-suit he wore during his Su-30 MKI flight and numerous awards he received.  Twelve walls have been utilized for murals and paintings. 

The entire area has been landscaped beautifully to reflect the peace and harmony aspect of Dr Kalam’s personality. 

The construction material and other accessories for the Memorial have been shipped to Rameswaram from many parts of India. The crafted front doors are from Thanjavur; stone claddings from Jaisalmer and Agra; stone pillars from Bengaluru; marbles from Karnataka and murals from Hyderabad, Shanti Niketan, Kolkatta and Chennai to name a few.